Born Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater Concordia University
Antoni Porowski is a Canadian television personality, actor, chef, and model. He is the food and wine expert on the Netflix series Queer Eye.
Porowski was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Polish parents after they emigrated to Canada with his two older sisters. His father is a physician. He grew up speaking Polish, English, and French. He and his parents moved to Glade Springs, West Virginia, when he was twelve, and he lived between there and Montreal throughout his high school years before finally returning to Montreal to attend Marianopolis College and then university. Porowski and his mother do not have a good relationship, as revealed in season four of Queer Eye.
After graduating from Concordia University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Porowski moved to New York City to study acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, from which he graduated in 2011. He taught himself to cook by referring to his grandmother’s cooking techniques. He is also a close friend of the original Queer Eye’s cooking expert and sommelier Ted Allen, who was a mentor.
Upon moving to New York City, Porowski began auditioning for various acting roles. He has stated that being Polish made it difficult for him to find work, which at the time made him consider anglicizing his last name. He has landed roles in movies such as Elliot Loves (2012), Daddy’s Boy (2016), The Pretenders (2018), and as the lead officer in a 2014 episode of TV series The Blacklist. Porowski was also featured in the 2015 short docudrama about the Vinnytsia massacre, To My Father, as Adam Bandrowski. The short film was part of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner.
In the meantime, he worked in food service to cover his rent, first working as a busboy at a family-run Polish restaurant. He worked his way up in the restaurant industry, working as a waiter and sommelier, eventually managing a Bond Street sushi restaurant. Porowski lives in the same neighborhood as Ted Allen, the original Queer Eye food and wine expert and current host of Food Network cooking competition Chopped. The two became friends, and for a time Porowski worked for Allen as a personal chef.
In December 2017, it was announced that Porowski would play the role of food and wine expert in the Netflix revival of Queer Eye, which began airing in February 2018. The second season of the show was released in June 2018.
In April 2018, Porowski signed a deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for his first cookbook, released in Spring 2019. In June 2018, he announced that he would be opening The Village Den, a fast-casual restaurant in New York City’s West Village. Additionally, Porowski deals vintage furniture.
On September 10, 2018, Porowski alongside co-hosts of Queer Eye received an Emmy for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.
Porowski was featured in Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video, released on June 17, 2019.
In November 2019, he was named Sexiest Reality Star, in People’s annual list.
Porowski states that his sexuality is “a little more fluid along the spectrum” and that he prefers not to label. He dated Joey Krietemeyer for more than seven years, but the relationship ended in October 2018.[failed verification] He confirmed via Instagram in December that he was dating Trace Lehnhoff. However, the two split after one year of dating. In October 2019, he confirmed via Instagram that he is dating Kevin Harrington.
Porowski and his Queer Eye costar Jonathan Van Ness trolled the internet by setting up a joint Instagram account, pretending to be a couple. Later they confirmed that there was nothing serious to it.
Television and web
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Blue Mountain State Lacrosse Player Episode: “LAX”
2014 The Blacklist Lead Officer Episode: “Monarch Douglas Bank (No. 112)”
2018–present Queer Eye Himself Series regular, 47 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Himself Guest judge, Episode: “Bonus:3,2,1…Ya Not Done!!”
2018 Don’t Watch This Himself Episode: “Antoni Psycho”
June 28, 2018 W Magazine: “Queer Eye Cast Gives Life Advice” Himself
July 10, 2018 ELLE: “Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Insta-Stalks The Fab Five” Himself
July 12, 2018 Marie Claire: The Cast of Queer Eye Play ‘How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star’ Himself
Sep 5, 2018 BUILD Series: “Tan France & Antoni Porowski Join The Table” Himself
Nov 10, 2018 Health Magazine: “My Mantra Is… Tan France & Antoni Porowski” Himself
Nov 12, 2018 Tinder: “Jonathan Van Ness And Antoni Porowski Critique Dating Advice” Himself
2019 Lip Sync Battle Himself Season 5, Episode 1
2019 Big Mouth Himself Season 3
March 12, 2019 The Hollywood Reporter: “Antoni Porowski Teases Queer Eye Season 3” Himself
March 15, 2019 Bon Appétit: “Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Tries to Keep Up with a Professional Chef” Himself
March 20, 2019 Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: “How Did Antoni Porowski And His ‘Flipping Out’ Beau Meet?” Himself
March 29, 2019 WIRED: “Queer Eye Cast Answer the Web’s Most Searched Questions” Himself
April 16, 2019 Bustle: Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Tries AERIAL YOGA Himself
May 21, 2019 Harper’s BAZAAR: “Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski’s Nighttime Skincare Routine” Himself
July 10, 2019 NHL: “Antoni Porowski discusses Canadians, meme stardom” Himself
September 5, 2019 Harper’s BAZAAR: “Everything Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski Eats In A Day” Himself
September 6, 2019 Cosmopolitan Himself
September 12, 2019 NYT Cooking Himself
September 16, 2019 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: “Celebrating Food as a Love Language with Antoni in the Kitchen” Himself
September 18, 2019 BuzzFeed Celeb: “Antoni Porowski From Queer Eye Reads Thirst Tweets” Himself
October 8, 2019 Glamour Magazine UK Himself
November 20, 2019 BuzzFeed Celeb: “Antoni And Jonathan Van Ness Take The BFF Test” Himself
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Diary Eric Short film
2011 The Apartment Stranger Short film
2012 Elliot Loves Elliot’s Father
2013 Withdrawal Louis Short film
2015 To My Father Adam Bandrowski Short film
2016 Daddy’s Boy Christian
2018 The Pretenders Antoni
2018 Horror Time Jacob
2019 Blood Surf Simon
Year Song Artist
2018 “This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)” Keala Settle, Kesha, & Missy Elliott
2019 “You Need to Calm Down” Taylor Swift